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Farriery is not a typical job. In fact, many argue that it’s not a job at all; it’s a lifestyle. You see, hoof care is not far from a farrier’s mind. The welfare of the horse is a responsibility that’s not taken lightly. It’s often a hallmark of a successful farrier
One such farrier was the late Bill Miller, who shod horses for the better part of 60 years. He believed that any shoer who leaves their work at the barn isn’t a
“This is not a job that you just go out and work 8 to 5,” the Olympia, Wash., farrier told American Farriers Journal. “It’s constantly on your mind. You think of what you could have done differently or how you could improve the horse.”
Another reason that one can’t just punch a clock is that a farrier is a small business owner. While providing hoof care gets a farrier out of bed, handling the less celebrated tasks is equally important to a thriving business.
“You’re the CEO of your company, but you’re also the janitor,” Miller said with a chuckle. “You handle the public relations, the billing and anything else that comes up.”
Although the buck stops with you in your small business, there is a wealth of resources at your disposal. The farrier industry is filled with incredibly generous people who are armed with valuable experience. There’s no greater example than the knowledge and advice that you will find within…